Paradise lost?

While these constructions are a good idea they will not of themselves stop surf rage.

The people behind the idea (below) appear to be:
NIELSEN BARTHOLOMEW a private partnership providing global surfing consultancy for pro-surfers and multinational public companies on many facets of Surf-Biz.

Here is the publicity:

Courier Mail
Wave pools and artificial reefs to fight Gold Coast surf rage problem

Picture: Tim Marsden Source: The Courier-Mail THE Gold Coast could soon be
home to world-class artificial reefs and wave pools to combat the rising
tide of …

The Australian
Wave pools to fight surf rage

Local beach breaks under increasing pressure from crowds Wave pools,
artificial reefs to be introduced within two years Riding the wave – Surf’s
up in …

Gold Coast Bulletin News
Wave pools to combat surf rage on Coast

THE Gold Coast could soon be home to world-class artificial reefs and wave
pools to combat the rising tide of surf rage. The surfing industry
generates $3.3 …


How will raising the expectations of people with bad behaviour improve their behaviour?

What do you think?



Wave Gardens

A Wave-garden in Basque Country, Spain; the Wave FolkOla Moviestar in Lima, Peru. Kelly Slater Wave Company and Webber Wave Pool.

Substance may follow but the demand is there.
Keep an eye on Webber Wave Pool and see if they don’t do the best disrupt ever by coming up with that dream.
We have mapped some artificial reefs.
We know there are others to add to this map. If you know of lots more, ask to be added to the map making.

Wavegarden has been in development since 2005. It works by propelling water over a surface that creates a moving wave with a tube, just as ocean waves form by breaking over coral reefs or a sand bar. Size and speed of waves can be controlled by the Wavegarden technology, which can be installed in natural or man-made lakes and ponds, as well as resorts, aquatic sports parks, and municipalities.

More Artificial Reef and Wave pools, follow this link or click the category in the cloud (right hand side =>).

See reviews:
Cannot wait to try it..


Locals only – The Problem

Build 13 artificial reefs a day, and 13,000 people a day will take up surfing. Just watch.
By the year 2025, the average surf session might well consist of 1.7 rides per surfer per session. For modern surfers, crowds simply come with the territory, and the territory is finite.
Trying to stem this tide of surfing’s popularity is fruitless. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks,” says Hamlet. It’s the same with every surfer “claiming” his or her territory. We’ll just have to cope.

by: Drew Kampion

SurfScience interviews Andrew Pitt

SurfScience contacted Andrew Pitt, a surfing reef architect from Australia. His company Surfing Ramps, does consulting and design work for artificial reefs. A student of artificial reef projects, Andrew filled SurfScience in on what has been attempted and why some efforts had better results.

Diggers Point project

Back in 1997 there was a proposal to make a classic left hand point break on the headland north of Freshwater beach in Sydney (Australia).

We want people to add sites here that have the history of this project.
Let’s all learn by the experience, even breathe some life into it.

Surfing Ramps have taken down their page on the Harbord project 1997.
See their current Hot Topics page:
and another link from them:
20th NSW Coastal Conference 8 – 11 Nov 2011 Tweed Heads NSW

International Multi-purpose Reef Symposia
The site includes selected refereed papers from the International Multi-purpose
Reef Symposia held each year throughout the world (since 1997). It shares quality literature to inform and promote the use of multi-purpose reefs in the coastal environment, to mitigate erosion, increase amenity and enhance marine ecology.
8th in Rincon, Puerto Rico, February 2013
International Multipurpose Reef & Surfing Science Symposium
Engineering and Hydrodynamics; Artificial Reef Biology; Surfing Reef Science
Antigua Artificial Reef Designed by Dr. Alfredo Torruella
7th in Sydney, Australia, March 2010
Share knowledge on the technical aspects of coastal surfing and seafloor topography. They will present information on; artificial surfing reef design, beach nourishment works, surf break reparations (from degradation) and preservation and other issues that affect coastal topography.
A short history of the surfing reef symposia from 1997 by Dr J. Borrero